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October has been something of a blur for me; not just because of the fund drive, but because it's been peak-time for my day job as well. Even more than usual, then, it's pleasant to pause and find out what SH contributors have been up to elsewhere recently.

New books: Series completing and continuing this month. Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy completes her trilogy (and though I haven't read it yet, I gather from people mentioning it on Twitter that the story we published last year, "She Commands Me and I Obey", has acquired additional meaning). Kameron Hurley's latest is Empire Ascendant, which has gone straight onto the far-too-optimistic pile of "things to read before the end of the year." S. L. Huang's Root of Unity is the third book in the Russell's Attic series, about a mathematical mercenary. The 2015 Heiresses of Russ, collecting the best lesbian sf of the year, includes among other things three SH stories: "Sarah's Child" by Susan Jane Bigelow, "Because I Prayed This Word" by Alex Dally MacFarlane, and "Nkásht íí" by Darcie Little Badger. And our own Cassandra Khaw has a novella out from Abaddon Books: Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef.

Onwards to new stories. Carmen Maria Machado has a new and seasonal story in Granta: "Horror Story." Gabby Reed has a graphic story, illustrated by Rachel Dukes, in Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Comic Anthology. October's Beneath Ceaseless Skies includes Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's "A Careful Fire" and Cory Skerry's "Bloodless." The latest Apex includes Arkady Martine's "When the Fall is All That's Left." The October Clarkesworld included A. C. Wise's "And if the Body Were Not the Soul" and Rich Larson's "Ice"; and just missing out on last month's round-up, Rich's "Six Month Ocean appeared at Daily SF. Also at Daily SF recently: "And in the End, They All Lived Happily Ever After" by Michelle Ann King, "Anatomy of an Arrow" by Natalia Theodoridou, and "The Devil is Beating His Wife Today" by Sandra McDonald. A couple of contributors had Futures in Nature: "The many media hypothesis" by Marissa Lingen, and "Copyfactory" by Naru Dames Sundar. Charles Payseur's "Nothing" appeared in Betwixt. Liz Argall and Kenneth Schneyer's "The Sisters' Line" appears in Uncanny. Rachael K. Jones' "The 1st Annual Lunar Biathlon" appeared at Crossed Genres. Peg Duthie was the featured writer at Upper Rubber Boot's twitter-fiction zine 7x20 for the week of 19th October. James Dorr's "Lobster Boy and the Hand of Satan", a tale of carnival grifters on Halloween, is out in How to Trick the Devil. The December Asimov's (on sale now, because that's how these things work) includes M. Bennardo's "We Jump Down into the Dark", there's an excerpt on the magazine's site, although given that the URL is /current-issue/story-excerpt2/ I wouldn't place any bets on it still being there if you're clicking this in a few weeks' time. L. S. Johnson's "The Tale of King Edgar" won On The Premises' Contest 26. And Lightspeed reprinted An Owomoyela's "Water Rights."

What's happening with new poetry? The latest Star*Line includes poems by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Marge Simon, Lynette Mejía, Deborah P. Kolodji, Zella Christensen (one of whose poems is featured online) and others. Ting Gou has two poems in Ghost Ocean: "Landscape in which the World is Ending" and "Landscape with Prophecies". Sally Rosen Kindred's "Path of Needles" appears in Cider Press Review. Daniel Ausema's "A Poem Sent Back Across Time-Space" was in Grievous Angel. The latest Eye to the Telescope includes three poems by Jeannine Hall Gailey, plus work by Lynette Mejía and Bruce Boston, among others. Carrie Naughton's "Horse Lubber" is in The Tishman Review (pdf), while Jessy Randall has two poems in Forklift, Ohio. And Deborah P. Kolodji has a haiku in the YouTube journal Frozen Butterfly. To finish with a staff member for the third time (talented bunch work on SH, you know), AJ Odasso has three poems in Swamp.

Not much non-fiction to report this time, but Marie Brennan's Writing Fight Scenes is part of the 2015 NaNoWriMo StoryBundle, while Tom Speelman is reviewing Supergirl for Loser City. David J. Schwartz's essay "Masculinity is an Anxiety Disorder: Breaking Down the Nerd Box" appeared at Uncanny. And it seems like I forgot to link to Sofia Samatar's essay "Skin Feeling" last month; if you haven't read it, you should.

And last but not least, a new comic: Rachel Kahn (this month's artist) has launched Resonant Realms, a webcomic using music to inspire travelogues through imagined landscapes, running twice a week.


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